Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum, Karakol

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Learn about a great Russian geographer who first described Central Asia when you visit Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum, a neo-classical single-story building detailing the life of the explorer who died of typhoid fever on the shores of Issyk-Kul. Opened in 1957, the museum features sketches of local peoples, engravings, and books with details of Przhevalsky's expeditions shown on a bas relief map of Central Asia. A huge globe, an armillary sphere, and a stuffed horse, presumably having belonged to the scientist, are among top exhibits. A live horse is kept in a museum yard under white birch trees. The balcony offers a scenic panorama of nearby ponds. Przhevalsky is buried in the museum's courtyard. See Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum and all Karakol has to offer by arranging your trip with our Karakol tour planner .
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  • September 21, 2017
    The Museum is relatively small and the exhibits are clearly and systematically arranged. A tour gives the outstanding achievements of the Explorer Nikolai Przhevalsky very impressive and vivid nearly 150 years ago in this region. For a better understanding, a guide is (also spoke!) very helpful.
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  • September 14, 2017
    Dedicated to this Russian explorer who was a contemporary of Livingstone but exploring central Asia. Much more to him that the giving of his name to a horse. Small museum set within a pleasant park.  more »
  • September 12, 2017
    I liked this Museum in the Park, dedicated to the Explorer Przhevalsky. Included in the admission price is a guide that explains in detail all travel and exploration modes. In the first room there is a big map of Asia and, in the other rooms there are exhibits, photos, travel notebooks. Very interesting and well done. The toilets are to be improved.
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